Alleged taxi-driver killer denied bail

Bame Piet

The Gaborone High Court has denied bail to Mohamed Sadiq Tajbhai, the 33-year-old man accused of killing a Molepolole taxi driver in January this year.

Justice Kebonang agreed with the Directorate of Public Prosecutions on Friday morning that Tajbhai was not a candidate for bail, looking at the manner in which he allegedly shot and killed the taxi driver, describing the attack as callous.

His lawyer, Kabelo Nkwe, had argued that the State had been investigating the incident since January and that their delays are trampling on the rights of the accused person who has been in prison since his arrest.

He said the DPP has a tendency of bringing half worked documents to the courts to oppose bail applications for accused persons adding that his client was a citizen of Botswana and therefore not a flight risk.

He further said the pending issues have been the Ballistic Report and the Post Mortem Report and wondered why it was taking long to be availed to them.

The DPP insisted that the accused person should be remanded further in custody.

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However, Justice Kebonang denied the accused person bail saying the State should be given more time to investigate the matter and that there was likelihood of violence against the accused person if granted bail.

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